Placement Organization: Infectious Diseases Institute, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University
Placement Location: Kampala, Uganda
Eligible Citizenship: Ugandan
About: Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) was registered in 2004 as an independent non-governmental organization (NGO) owned by Makerere University (a public university) in Uganda. Its mission is “To build the capacity of health systems in Africa for the delivery of sustainable, high quality care and prevention of HIV/AIDS and related infections through training, research, and advanced clinical care.” IDI has an international board, is funded by a variety of private and public sources, and currently has 848 full time and part time staff across the country. IDI was originally set up to rapidly develop capacity in Uganda and the region for scale up of HIV treatment and for research in locally relevant models of care for HIV/AIDS. Since its establishment, its mandate has expanded to cover HIV prevention, malaria, and TB.
IDI’s major program areas are:
- Prevention, Care and Treatment (for HIV/AIDS and related infectious diseases): IDI provides free services to about 10,000 clients in its Adult Infectious Diseases Clinic and another 10,000 plus clients in various urban and rural outreach projects.
- Training: IDI has trained over 6,400 health workers from 27 African countries in the areas of HIV/AIDS, malaria, pharmacy, laboratory and data management; the training program also supports the AIDS Treatment Information Center (ATIC) which provides health workers throughout the region with vital information on HIV/AIDS-related prescriptions and drug interactions.
- Research: IDI has 45 research projects in progress with over 30 international collaborators from Africa, Europe and North America. IDI research focuses on identifying best practices and models of care for prevention, care and treatment of HIV/AIDS and related infectious diseases in sub-Saharan Africa as well as supporting the development of upcoming Ugandan medical researchers.
- Laboratory: IDI is host to the Makerere University-Johns Hopkins University (MUJHU) collaboration lab, one of only a small number in Africa that are certified by the College of American pathologists (CAP). The lab serves over 70 programs and research projects.
Position Overview: The Global Health Corps Monitoring & Evaluation Fellow will work closely with and under the supervision of the Deputy Head of Training to support IDI’s training department in improving and strengthening the existing data management and reporting systems. The main goal of the training department M&E system is to ensure proper data capture and reporting on health care worker capacity building interventions.
- Support the training departmental data management and reporting system, including development of new tools
- Development of training department proposals mainly focusing on the M&E components
- Periodic review of the departmental achievements against the set targets
- Development of data management systems including database management, development of data collection tools, supervision of data collection and entry as well as data cleaning and analysis
- Participate in training and curriculum development activities
- Participate in producing departmental Key Performance Indicators and progress reports on quarterly basis
- Review all training department reports for quality and consistency with grant agreements before submitting them to various stakeholders
- Ensure that all training department courses are evaluated appropriately, and that necessary reports are compiled accordingly
- Maintain the departmental reports monitor
Required Skills and Experience:
- Experience using Statistical software packages e.g. STATA, SPSS
- High level of computer literacy
- Excellent communication and social skills
- Fluency in English
Preferred Skills and Experience:
- Post-graduate training in a health related field
- Experience designing and participating in social research
- Experience in grants/ proposal writing
- Experience in monitoring and evaluation
- Ability to multi-task
Living Conditions: Fellows will be provided with housing in Kampala, health insurance and a living stipend of $550/month. Fellows will also receive an award of $1500 upon successful completion of the fellowship year. Flights to and from the placement site and all other costs associated with GHC programming are included.